The Daily News on Wednesday lays out a convincing argument that the foreclosure wave sweeping parts of the United States may drench the outer-boroughs as well. The argument uses numbers from a study by the nonprofit Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project–and the numbers are sobering:
In some areas of South Jamaica Read More
The Black Brooklyn Empowerment Convention of 2006 has been a fascination of mine since I got my hands on the first email about it…which referred to David Yassky as a white individual and threw a spotlight on the racial implications of his congressional race.
Then we found out about a not-so-publicized meeting of Read More
A trip to the East End last week was met with rain, wind and cold eating away the last full week of summer. Sad for Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, whose Monday-through-Thursday vacation in Montauk was washed out.
“It rained every day,” he said, after a press conference in Bed-Stuy on Tuesday. He sounded a Read More
John Koblin hit the streets of Bed Stuy and Forte Greene, two neighborhoods in Brooklyn’s 10th Congressional District. That’s where incumbent Ed Towns is being challenged by City Councilman Charles Barron and Assemblyman Roger Green.
The people who spoke with Koblin in these two parts of the district had Read More
Via Gowanus Lounge, on Sunday there will be a rally to protest yet another out-of-scale development in Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy. Not only are the developers at 335-345 Greene Avenue using the oft-abused “community facilities” floor-area-ratio boost, it appears they’re not exactly following safety guidelines:
The demo, being done by the fine Read More
The (incidentally fabulous) Elaine Louie has a piece in today’s House and Home section on what happens when your view gets all bricked up.
That’ll teach you to buy an apartment with windows on the lot-line!
It seems what happens is you put ersatz windows made of mirrors where your useless windows are, Read More
City Limits has a nice round-up of some of the City Council races worth watching, with this rather harsh introduction to one Brooklyn contest:
“Outgoing incumbent Tracy Boyland, publicly derided for poor council attendance and lackluster performance, has represented the district since 1997; her father and brother have represented nearby Bedford-Stuyvesant in the Read More
The folks over at the Center for an Urban Future aren’t going to like this, but Joel Kotkin has a new article arguing fairly persuasively that the future is actually suburban. Planners, architects, and environmentalists, he says, should get used to it.
Kotkin offers some data to back up Read More
In the Jan. 8 issue of The
New Yorker, Daphne Merkin describes her multiple stays on the psychiatric
wards of several institutions. She tells us of her desire to die, her fierce
and unremitting attraction to death, describing the boredom, the flatness, the
grayness of her hospitalized days. The piece is written with exquisite control, Read More